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As turmoil grows in Egypt army rule finds new support

As turmoil grows in Egypt army rule finds new support | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

To many Egyptians, the armed forces seem like the last option to save their country and guide it towards the liberal democracy.

From the window of my office in the Moqattam district of Cairo, I followed with much curiosity Friday's violent clashes between protesters and Muslim Brotherhood members, outside the group's headquarters.(...)

The anger of the Egyptian people is now turning towards the Brotherhood (MB) to which President Mohammed Morsi belongs.

People understand that it is not the president who is making the moves that are hurting the nation's economy and threatening its stability, but the Brotherhood.(...)

 

Since the beginning of March, Egyptians from various backgrounds have joined demonstrations in different cities, calling for the military's return to political leadership.

Since the deadly riots in Port Said in eastern Egypt, in January and again this month, tens of thousands of ordinary citizens have gone to the offices of notaries public all over the country, to sign petitions calling for a return to military rule.(...)

 

A public opinion survey by my Ibn Khaldun Center over the past month discovered that no known political party or group is behind the wave of petitions. This is a spontaneous search for a viable and realistic alternative to Mr Morsi's failing government.

The surveyed sample involved Egyptians with different social and political backgrounds, urban and rural: greater Cairo, the Delta, Upper Egypt and the eastern governorates. Most of the people polled were under 35.(...)

 

The ultimate goal of the majority of Egyptians, especially the young people who led the drive to bring down former leader Hosni Mubarak, is to have a liberal democratic state.

 

Plus: http://www.thenational.ae/thenationalconversation/comment/as-turmoil-grows-in-egypt-army-rule-finds-new-support

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National Partnership is Our Last Refuge, Not the Army

National Partnership is Our Last Refuge, Not the Army | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it
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Calls are growing, both on the streets and in the media, for the Egyptian army to return to the political arena, with some seeing the military as Egypt’s last refuge against chaos and collapse. Rather than demand for the return of military rule, I call on all secular parties to look for “democratic” solutions to the current state of affairs. While these calls have not abated, and we have instead seen an increase in ‘popular movements’ calling for the consolidation of power in the hands of the army, there are many dangers that could come of this demand.

The Egyptian army is a national institution and a key pillar of the state, but its task today is to protect the country, without interfering in politics or the management of public affairs.  This task extends to the protection of vital state institutions (The Suez Canal), and to securing, in exceptional circumstances, the country’s internal line of defence, i.e. the governorates bordering the Canal.

 

Amr Hamzawy / Atlantic Council

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Il n’y aura pas de coup d’Etat militaire en Egypte- Zaman France

Il n’y aura pas de coup d’Etat militaire en Egypte- Zaman France | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it
Avec l’arrivée au gouvernement de Mohamed Morsi, certains Egyptiens dont les partisans de l’ancien régime de Moubarak souhaiteraient que l’armée intervienne en faisant un coup d’Etat. Mais pour le chroniqueur, l’armée n’en a simplement pas les moyens.

De même qu’il y a en Turquie beaucoup de gens qui, malgré les nombreux succès enregistrés ces dernières années, pensent que l’armée doit intervenir en faisant un coup d’Etat, certains Egyptiens commencent à revendiquer leur désir de voir l’armée renverser le gouvernement des Frères musulmans. Bien qu’ils soient conscients que l’armée n’est pas en mesure de résoudre les problèmes du pays, ils voient dans le coup d’Etat le seul moyen de se débarrasser du gouvernement des Frères musulmans. Parmi eux, on trouve les partisans de l’ancien régime de Moubarak. L’armée égyptienne entreprendra-t-elle un coup d’Etat à la faveur de ce contexte ? Si tel était le cas, est-ce qu’il mettrait fin à l’anarchie qui prévaut dans le pays ? Et l’Egypte sortirait-elle de cette situation de crise pour accéder à l’étape suivante ? Plus:http://www.zamanfrance.fr/article/il-n-y-aura-pas-coup-d-etat-militaire-en-egypte ;
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Egypt Issues New Army Uniforms to Combat Impersonations

The Egyptian army issued new camouflage uniforms to some of its soldiers, saying that would make it tougher for “infiltrators” to whip up unrest by impersonating troops.

General Osama Askar, head of Egypt’s Third Army in Suez, said the new uniforms were issued in his region after the military received information that gunmen equipped with uniforms and weapons were planning to pose as troops and incite protesters against the army, state-run Ahram Gate reported today. The newspaper did not say why the new uniforms were issued only to soldiers in Suez.

Yesterday, the army said it confiscated cloth waiting to be smuggled into the neighboring Hamas-run Gaza Strip that was identical to material used for military and police uniforms. It urged citizens to be on alert for possible impersonators.

President Mohamed Mursi has accused agitators of exploiting the rifts and deepening poverty still roiling Egypt two years after Hosni Mubarak was overthrown. He has not provided evidence and critics have accused him of using the threat of agitation to deflect responsibility for growing unrest that’s gripping the country.

The military has suggested militants operating in Gaza might have planned attacks on Egyptian forces, and has declared it would destroy the network of smuggling tunnels underneath the Gaza-Egypt frontier that serve as a conduit for weapons and militants, as well as commercial goods. It began flooding some of the tunnels with sewage last month.

 

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Egypte : l'armée met en garde contre de faux militaires

L'armée égyptienne a mis en garde dimanche la population contre de faux militaires, après la saisie de tissus utilisés pour la confection des uniformes acheminés clandestinement vers la bande de Gaza.

 

 

Le porte-parole de l'armée, le colonel Ahmed Mohammed Ali, a déclaré que des soldats avaient confisqué des tissus kakis et blancs "identiques à ceux utilisés pour les uniformes" au moment où ils allaient être introduits dans l'enclave palestinienne, via des tunnels de contrebande avec l'Egypte.

 

L'armée "demande aux citoyens égyptiens de faire preuve d'une prudence et d'une vigilance accrues face à la possibilité que des gens se fassent passer pour des militaires", a-t-il ajouté.

 

Selon des informations récentes de la presse égyptienne, des Palestiniens pourraient chercher à entrer en Egypte avec des plans pour porter atteinte à la sécurité, ce que des responsables du Hamas, au pouvoir à Gaza, ont démenti avec force.

 

Un haut responsable du mouvement islamiste palestinien, Mahmoud Zahar, a assuré que le Hamas était "attaché à la sécurité de l'Egypte et ne cherchait pas à provoquer des affrontements", dans un entretien récent avec l'agence officielle égyptienne Mena.

 

Les informations de source non-identifiée parues dans la presse "ne cherchent qu'à monter les Egyptiens et les habitants de la bande de Gaza les uns contre les autres", a-t-il jugé.

Selon des articles parus dans la presse égyptienne, des éléments du Hamas venus de Gaza se seraient infiltrés en Egypte par des tunnels.

 

La presse égyptienne a également fait état de sept Palestiniens de Gaza appréhendés à l'aéroport du Caire en possession de cartes sur lesquelles figurent des installations vitales en Egypte.

 

AFP, via L'Orient Le Jour

 

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Poll shows 82% in Egypt want army to return to power

Poll shows 82% in Egypt want army to return to power | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it
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A poll conducted by the Ibn Khaldoun Center for Development Studies shows that 82 percent of Egyptians support the return of the army to power. 

The sample included 2,000 people from different political, social and intellectual backgrounds with 63 percent of them under the age of 35, according to a report released by the center on Sunday. 

The sample included residents from both the countryside and urban cities including Cairo and Northern and Southern cities. 

The poll that was conducted over two weeks asked citizens about the extent of their acceptance of the army returning to the political scene during this critical time after having withdrawn for more than six months. 

The survey includes questions on people’s views on Egypt’s current political crisis as well as the government’s performance among other key issues. 

Forty-seven percent of the sample asked that the army, if it returned to power, declares a specific period during which it would run the country as well as transparency with its plans during the transition period. 

A wave of authorizations or powers of attorney were issued in recent weeks by citizens who wish for the army to return to power due to their dissatisfaction with President Mohamed Mursi’s administration.

A group of military generals known as the Supreme Council of Armed Forces ran Egypt following the ousting of Hosni Mubarak until the election of Mursi.

 

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Egypt’s crisis may prompt army to return to politics

Egypt’s crisis may prompt army to return to politics | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Calls are growing for Egypt's military to take back the reins of power at a time when the country's economic woes are deepening and frustration with the rule of Islamist president Mohammed Morsi is growing.

Bruised by the criticism of its handling of the country during nearly 17 months in power after Hosni Mubarak's downfall, the military may not be prepared to delve into politics again, at least for now. However, public comments by top generals that the military would not hesitate to side with the people and its warnings of severe repercussions of continued political unrest is feeding speculation that they are not ruling out intervention altogether.

Already, army troops have been deployed in two cities on the Suez Canal - Port Said and Ismailia - to protect key institutions such as ports and industrial complexes, following a wave of protests there against Mr Morsi's rule. The troops were received as heroes in both cities. Thousands of people from across the country have taken the symbolic but significant step of legally recording their wish to see the military back at the helm, submitting statements to the offices of the state registerer. On Friday, street rallies in Cairo and elsewhere called for the army to seize power. (The National)



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Former Brotherhood leader wishes for army intervention

Former Brotherhood leader wishes for army intervention | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it
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Former member of the Muslim Brotherhood, Kamal Al-Helbawi, said on Friday that he wishes for the Armed Forces to intervene to keep the state from falling apart if the president does not quit his authoritarian approach.

Helbawi asked the presidency to stop this approach and give up its insistence on Hisham Kandil's cabinet. He also urged Islamists to respect the meaning of freedom.

In a conference held at the headquarters of the Liberal Egyptians Party (Masriyeen Ahrar) in the governorate of Kafr Al-Sheikh, Helbawi said that Kandil's cabinet is week.

He said that there are only four scenarios for exiting the current crisis, the first one being the return of authority to the people in order to achieve the goals of the revolution.

The former leader in the Brotherhood said that the second scenario would be the intervention of the army to keep Egypt from collapsing. He explained that they army should rule the country for two years and afterwards real elections can take place according to the will of the people.

He said that he personally favors this scenario as an Egyptian citizen who wishes for the help of the Armed Forces.

Helbawi pointed out that the third scenario is a "revolution of the hunger" whereas Egypt would be on the brink of falling apart, saying this would be the worst-case scenario.

He warned that the fourth scenario is an American intervention under the pretext of protecting minorities, saying that "rise of extremism and violent fatwas (Islamic ruling) that are not relevant to the teachings of Islam" will bring about such an intervention.

 

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Egypte: manifestation au Caire pour un retour de l’armée au pouvoir

Egypte: manifestation au Caire pour un retour de l’armée au pouvoir | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Des centaines d’Egyptiens ont manifesté vendredi au Caire leur soutien à un retour de l’armée au pouvoir dans un pays qui n’est toujours pas sorti d’une transition politique chaotique émaillée de violences, deux ans après la chute de Hosni Moubarak.

La manifestation a eu lieu dans l’est du Caire à l’appel d’un collectif de militaires à la retraite et de groupes opposés au Frères musulmans, dont est issu le président Mohamed Morsi, selon un photographe de l’AFP.

Les manifestants ont notamment scandé des slogans appelant l’armée à «ne pas les abandonner», brandissant des portraits du ministre de la Défense, le général Abdel Fattah al-Sissi. D’autres criaient «l’armée doit revenir» (au pouvoir) ou «A bas le pouvoir du guide», en référence à Mohammed Badie, guide suprême des Frères musulmans.

Des manifestations de soutien à l’armée ont également été organisées à Damiette, dans le nord du pays, selon le site internet du journal Al-Ahram.

L’armée est un acteur capital dans le jeu politique en Egypte depuis 60 ans.

 

(AFP, via Libération)

 

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En Egypte, l'armée revient dans le jeu politique

En Egypte, l'armée revient dans le jeu politique | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

La scène se déroule samedi 9 mars à Port-Saïd, sur la place des Martyrs, théâtre de sanglants affrontements cette semaine là, entre des manifestants et la police. La veille au soir, sur ordre du Caire, la police a évacué la cité portuaire dont la sécurité a été confiée à l'armée. Privés de l'objet numéro un de leur colère, les protestataires qui affluent sur la place paraissent désemparés. Doivent-ils continuer à assiéger le commissariat central, au risque d'entrer en conflit avec les soldats qui le protègent désormais ?


Profitant du flottement, un officier se mêle à la foule. Il serre des mains, caresse la joue d'un enfant, embrasse le front d'une vieille femme, et tout en multipliant les gestes d'affection, martèle un message d'apaisement : "Je comprends votre peine, mais il faut rentrer chez vous et vous remettre au travail, sinon les médias vont finir par vous présenter comme des baltageya (voyous) ". "Mais pourquoi l'armée ne s'est-elle pas déployée dès le premier jour des violences ?", l'interpelle un jeune. "Nous devions attendre les ordres, autrement, on nous aurait accusé de nous emparer du pouvoir", répond le gradé, avant d'insister : "Rentrez chez vous, l'armée est là, vous êtes en sécurité".

 

Message reçu. Depuis samedi, le calme règne à Port-Saïd. Le déploiement de l'armée a mis un terme à un mois et demi de violences qui ont fait plus de quarante morts ainsi qu'au mouvement de désobéissance civile, qui menaçait de paralyser le trafic maritime le long du Canal de Suez. Les troubles avaient commencé fin janvier, suite à la condamnation à mort de 21 supporteurs du club de football local, Al-Masry, jugés responsables de la bousculade et des émeutes, qui avaient coûté la vie à 73 fans de l'équipe cairote d'Ahly, en février 2012, dans le stade de Port Saïd. Un verdict jugé inique par la population.

 

Personne ne peut dire quand l'armée rétrocèdera la sécurité de la ville à la police. Mais d'ores et déjà, son intervention, la première de ce genre depuis la révolution, marque un tournant. Conspués par la rue durant la brève période durant laquelle ils ont gouverné le pays (février 2011 à juin 2012), mis à l'écart par le président Mohamed Morsi qui avait négocié leur docilité en échange du maintien de leurs avantages économiques, les généraux font leur retour dans le jeu politique. Même s'ils s'en défendent, la contestation grandissante dont le chef de l'Etat fait l'objet, qui se manifeste par des troubles à répétition, non seulement au Caire et à Port-Saïd, mais dans des villes du Delta aussi, les pousse insensiblement à s'impliquer.

 

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Ainsi, dimanche 3 mars, des soldats postés à proximité d'une zone d'affrontements entre des manifestants et la police, ont été pris sous des tirs de cette dernière et ont riposté à balles réelles, tuant deux policiers. Immédiatement étouffé par les autorités, tant civiles que militaires, cet incident est attesté par les enquêteurs du Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR), une organisation de défense des droits de l'homme.

Autre fausse note, moins dramatique, mais révélatrice malgré tout : en début de semaine, l'armée a fait savoir à la presse son opposition à une décision du procureur général autorisant de simples citoyens à arrêter dans la rue des individus en train de commettre des actes de dégradations. Citée par le site d'informations Ahram Online, une source militaire affirmait qu'une telle initiative risquait d'ouvrir la voie à la création de milices privées et qu'elle constituait "un franchissement des lignes rouges".

 

Ce processus est scruté à la loupe par la presse locale, qui tente d'interpréter, dans un sens ou dans un autre, la moindre déclaration du chef d'Etat-major, Abdel Fattah Al- Sissi. Celui-ci déclarait récemment, sur un ton sibyllin, que "les forces armées sont l'espoir de l'Egypte et sa forteresse". Aussi risquée soit-elle, l'émancipation de l'armée est également encouragée par une partie de l'opposition, désireuse de faire de l'institution militaire le juge de paix de son conflit avec le président Morsi, voire une alliée dans le bras de fer qui l'y oppose. "L'armée a repris sa place à la table, dit Adel Bakry, cadre du parti nassérien Karameh, à Port-Saïd. Il faut veiller à ce qu'elle ne croque pas tout le gâteau. Mais rien n'interdit de s'en servir pour empêcher que les Frères musulmans eux aussi ne croquent tout le gâteau ".

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PÉTITION APPELANT À UN COUP D'ETAT MILITAIRE

Dans la ville du canal, bon nombre d'habitants s'expriment de façon encore plus franche. A la fin février, une pétition informelle appelant ouvertement à un coup d'Etat militaire avait recueilli plusieurs milliers de signatures, sur fond de rejet de la classe politique traditionnelle, singulièrement absente lors des affrontements meurtriers avec la police. " Les militaires doivent reprendre le pouvoir aux Frères musulmans, qui ont suffisamment fait de gaffe, assure Mohsen Youssef, un chauffeur de taxi. Il n'y a pas d'alternative. Les partis politiques ne travaillent que pour leur intérêt. Seule l'armée s'intéresse au peuple ". " Nous avons besoin de la discipline militaire maintenant, nous ne pouvons pas nous permettre d'attendre que Morsi parte à l'issue de son mandat dans quatre ans ", estime Amr Othman, un tenancier de café.

Réaction viscérale au chaos semé par la police, la tentation du putsch est aussi le produit du fort courant nassérien qui existe à Port Saïd. Au premier tour de la présidentielle, c'est le candidat de ce mouvement, Hamdeen Sabbahi, nostalgique revendiqué du général Gamal Abdel Nasser, qui était arrivé en tête. Cette position est loin cependant de faire l'unanimité en ville. " Nous avons souffert plus de cinquante ans sous les militaires ", prévient Abou Hommos, un expert-comptable, en référence aux successeurs de Nasser - Sadate et Moubarak - qui étaient eux aussi des généraux. " Nous ne pouvons pas leur permettre de revenir".

Karim Ennarah, responsable de l'EIPR et fin connaisseur de la carte politique égyptienne ne croit cependant pas au scénario d'un coup d'Etat. " L'armée aurait beaucoup trop à y perdre, explique-t-il. Ses dix-huit mois à la tête du pays lui ont déjà beaucoup coûté. Son intérêt consiste à sauvegarder les privilèges économiques que lui a concédés Morsi et donc à préserver le statu quo".

 

http://www.lemonde.fr/afrique/article/2013/03/15/en-egypte-l-armee-revient-dans-le-jeu-politique_1848996_3212.html

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Manifestation de soutien aux forces armées

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Egypt: Will The Army Step In? – OpEd

Egypt: Will The Army Step In? – OpEd | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Egypt is getting out of control: The police are on strike in a number of cities, the civil disobedience in Port Said is in its fourth week, hooligans are attacking and ransacking public buildings, and angry youth are clashing with anti-riot police on daily basis. The government has been unable to end chronic fuel shortages while large parts of Sinai suffer from lawlessness.

President Muhammad Mursi has failed to reach a compromise with the opposition National Salvation Front (NSF) which insists on boycotting legislative elections. The economy is suffering and negotiations with the IMF over a $ 4.8 billion loan are faltering. Everyday there is death and mayhem somewhere in the country.

Last week a high court ordered the suspension of parliamentary elections, called for by President Mursi two weeks ago, and referred the election law to the Constitutional Court. In the midst of strikes, clashes and political uncertainty, calls on the army to take over are getting louder.

The hardliners say counterrevolutionary forces are at work to undermine the presidency and efforts to stabilize the country.

 

Last week a high court ordered the suspension of parliamentary elections, called for by President Mursi two weeks ago, and referred the election law to the Constitutional Court. In the midst of strikes, clashes and political uncertainty, calls on the army to take over are getting louder.

The hardliners say counterrevolutionary forces are at work to undermine the presidency and efforts to stabilize the country.

 

The NSF, an umbrella of opposition parties, says it is Mursi’s authoritarian edicts that triggered Egypt’s current crisis. In fact it could be all these things. Certainly there are forces that do not want the conservatives to succeed. But President Mursi and the Muslim Brotherhood have failed to win the trust of the opposition. They are accused of acting unilaterally by imposing their own constitution and denying others a role in shaping the future of the country.

The opposition is suspicious of attempts by the Muslim Brotherhood to infiltrate the state’s secular institutions including the judiciary, the army and the Ministry of Interior. But the street is like a runaway train.

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Rebellious youth no longer listen to the NSF. They want to topple the regime and start a revolution. And yes, remnants of the old system may be conspiring to disrupt attempts to end the state of anarchy. No one really knows who is behind recent attacks on newspapers, public buildings and businesses associated with the Islamists.(...)

 

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'I don't hope the military takes over': ElBaradei

'I don't hope the military takes over': ElBaradei | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Mohamed ElBaradei, head of Egypt's Constitution Party and a founding member of the National Salvation Front (NSF), is not hoping for a military takeover.

He made the comments on CBC's Hona El-Asema television show with Lamis El-Hadidy, Tuesday evening.

The leading opposition figure explained that Egypt suffered greatly under Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) rule. "It was very bitter," he said.

However, ElBaradei said that military institution rule would be better than rule under Islamist militias, if Egyptians had a choice.

ElBaradei explained that the military is a patriotic institution that doesn’t wish to participate in the political scene because of the harm it does them and the political scene.

"They do not know the depth of the political arena," he explained.

(Ahram Online)

 

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Ties between Mursi and Egypt’s military leaders are on a downswing

Two years after the Egyptian uprising, speculation about the role of the military establishment in the political process continues to dominate public discourse in Egypt. Though the occupation of the presidential seat by a civilian was expected to bring such conjectures to an end, President Mohammad Mursi’s affiliation with the Muslim Brotherhood has only intensified them. And while Mursi has had an impressive start – setting the precedent of a civilian president appointing the defense minister – the relationship between the presidency and the military establishment has been on the downswing. The most recent episode of the contentious relationship between the presidency and the military was trigged by the rumor that Mursi was considering dismissing his minister of defense, Colonel General Abdul Fatah Saeed Hussein Khalil al-Sisi. Fingers were pointed at the Muslim Brotherhood for being behind the rumor (given the movement’s general distrust of the military). The rumor was seen as the organization’s way of fighting back against the growing power of the military with respect to the presidency.


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Egypt Fears 'Ikhwanization' of Military

Egypt Fears 'Ikhwanization' of Military | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Fears of the “Ikhwanization” of the Egyptian army have been raised after Egyptian Military Academy Director Major General Esmat Murad revealed that students with links to the Muslim Brotherhood or Salafist political factions have been accepted into the academy, including President Mohamed Mursi’s own nephew.

An Egyptian soldier, speaking to Asharq Al-Awsat on the condition of anonymity, revealed that “for the first time, students whose families or relatives are involved in political activism, whether for the Muslim Brotherhood or anybody else, are being accepted into the Egyptian armed forces which had traditionally investigated the [political] background of recruits, rejecting those with any such connection.”

Until the January 25 revolution both Egypt’s military and police academies routinely rejected students who held political views or were members of political movements the authorities judged to be subversive, even going so far as rejecting recruits if members of their family had any such views or ties to Islamist organizations.

However since the Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohamed Mursi came to power in late June 2012, and particularly after he forced out Field Marshal Tantawi, there have been escalating fears of the “Ikhwanization” of the military, although this is something that senior military figures have repeatedly denied.

 

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Egypt's military investigating Hamas links to confiscated uniform fabric

Egypt's military investigating Hamas links to confiscated uniform fabric | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

An Egyptian security official says the military is investigating whether the Palestinian group Hamas is linked to a batch of confiscated fabric that could have been used to make counterfeit uniforms.

The Tuesday announcement is the latest sign of tension between the Egyptian military and Hamas as well as its parent group, the Muslim Brotherhood, from which Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi hails

 

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Egypt military warns of potential impersonation of security personnel

Egypt military warns of potential impersonation of security personnel | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it
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A tunnel opening discovered recently in the Sinai Peninsula’s El-Saroserya region near Egypt’s border with the Gaza Strip was found to contain fabrics used in uniforms worn by Egyptian soldiers, an Egyptian military spokesman said in a Sunday statement.

According to the spokesman, three different fabrics resembling those used in Egyptian military uniforms, along with two white fabrics similar to those used in Egyptian police uniforms, were found at the tunnel opening.

“The armed forces calls on Egyptians to show vigilance in the days ahead in the event of any incident involving the impersonation of military personnel,” the spokesman said.  

 

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Army finds uniforms in Gaza tunnel

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Armed Forces claim finding fabric for military and police uniforms in Gaza tunnel and asks Egyptians to exercise caution

 

The Egyptian army found three rolls of fabric used to make army uniforms and two rolls for police uniforms in a tunnel between Sinai and Gaza on Saturday, according to a statement from the spokesperson of the Armed Forces on Sunday.

The military said it found the materials in a tunnel in the Al-Sarsoureya region. The three rolls of fabric were “identical” to those used in the making of army uniforms, according to the army, and the other  two rolls of cloth were the same as those used in the manufacturing of police uniforms.

“The Armed Forces appeals to Egyptian citizens to exercise caution,” read the statement. It also warned of the possibility of an incident involving the impersonation of Egyptian military personnel.

The military has worked to destroy the various tunnels from Sinai to Gaza in an effort to restrict illicit trade violating the current blockade and border regulations at the Rafah border crossing.

 

http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2013/03/17/army-finds-uniforms-in-gaza-tunnel/

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Egypte : L'armée a toujours de solides partisans pour un retour au pouvoir

Egypte : L'armée a toujours de solides partisans pour un retour au pouvoir | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it
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La manifestation a eu lieu dans l'est du Caire à l'appel d'un collectif de militaires à la retraite et de groupes opposés aux Frères musulmans, dont est issu le président Mohamed Morsi, selon un photographe de l'AFP.

Les manifestants ont notamment scandé des slogans appelant l'armée à "ne pas les abandonner", brandissant des portraits du ministre de la Défense, le général Abdel Fattah al-Sissi. D'autres criaient "l'armée doit revenir" (au pouvoir) ou "A bas le pouvoir du guide", en référence à Mohammed Badie, guide suprême des Frères musulmans.

Des manifestations de soutien à l'armée ont également été organisées à Damiette, dans le nord du pays, selon le site internet du journal Al-Ahram.

L'armée est un acteur capital dans le jeu politique en Egypte depuis 60 ans.

La chute de Hosni Moubarak en février 2011 avait amené le Conseil suprême des forces armées (CSFA), dirigé par le maréchal Hussein Tantaoui, à prendre les rênes du pays jusqu'à l'investiture de M. Morsi fin juin 2012.

Restée plus au moins discrète depuis l'accession de M. Morsi au pouvoir, elle s'était manifestée en décembre dernier pour appeler au dialogue et rappeler son rôle de garante de la stabilité du pays, lors d'une vive crise liée à l'adoption d'un projet de Constitution controversé.

Après une vague de troubles fin janvier, l'armée avait mis en garde contre un "effondrement de l'Etat" appelant "toutes les forces politiques" à trouver une issue aux "problèmes politiques, économiques, sociaux et de sécurité" au pays. (Afriquinfos)

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Égypte : manifestation au Caire pour un retour de l'armée au pouvoir

Égypte : manifestation au Caire pour un retour de l'armée au pouvoir | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Des centaines d'Égyptiens ont manifesté vendredi au Caire leur soutien à un retour de l'armée au pouvoir dans un pays qui n'est toujours pas sorti d'une transition politique chaotique émaillée de violences, deux ans après la chute de Hosni Moubarak.

Des centaines d'Égyptiens ont manifesté vendredi au Caire leur soutien à un retour de l'armée au pouvoir dans un pays qui n'est toujours pas sorti d'une transition politique chaotique émaillée de violences, deux ans après la chute de Hosni Moubarak.

La manifestation a eu lieu dans l'est du Caire à l'appel d'un collectif de militaires à la retraite et de groupes opposés aux Frères musulmans, dont est issu le président Mohamed Morsi, selon un photographe de l'AFP.

Les manifestants ont notamment scandé des slogans appelant l'armée à "ne pas les abandonner", brandissant des portraits du ministre de la Défense, le général Abdel Fattah al-Sissi. D'autres criaient "l'armée doit revenir" (au pouvoir) ou "A bas le pouvoir du guide", en référence à Mohammed Badie, guide suprême des Frères musulmans. Des manifestations de soutien à l'armée ont également été organisées à Damiette, dans le nord du pays, selon le site internet du journal Al-Ahram.



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Opposition leader: We are not flirting with the army

Social Democratic Egyptian Party Chief Mohamed Abul Ghar, a leading member with the opposition coalition National Salvation Front, said the front is not flirting with the army and does not want military intervention. The only exception would be a civil war, he said, in which case the military would then step in to protect vital institutions. A number of forces opposed to the Muslim Brotherhood have pushed for military intervention to stem the growing power of Islamists, but the National Salvation Front, the main umbrella for several opposition parties and groups, has distanced itself from these calls. In an interview with the satellite TV channel Al-Jazeera Mubasher Misr on Friday, Abul Ghar said the military left the ‘political  scene” for what may be a period of years, and may be forever. He added that military cannot implement a coup. Abul Ghar talked about the NSF initiative of a shadow cabinet, saying “I don’t think it would be applied soon, but if it was, it would be just in some ministries.”

 

He explained that the front has economic and legal committees and that it does not yet have a complete program for running Egypt, reminding viewers that it was founded just months ago.

 

“Neither the parties’ ideologies nor the front members control the front or vice versa,” he said. The NSF will continue its efforts to rescue the country from the “political impasse,” Abul Ghar said. Abul Ghar confirmed the front's unclear stance with regard to elections. “I want to run for the upcoming parliamentary elections, if they are fair,” he said adding that he does not expect the opposition to take part in the elections, so long as Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim and Public Prosecutor Talaat Abdullah are in office. “No political party will be able to run Egypt on its own. There must be cooperation to find a way out from this crisis,” Abul Ghar said.

 

 

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Egypte : Mohamed Morsi en danger, le peuple réclame le retour de l'armée au pouvoir

Egypte : Mohamed Morsi en danger, le peuple réclame le retour de l'armée au pouvoir | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

En deux ans l'agitation n'a jamais réellement cessé. Depuis la chute de Hosni Moubarak, l'Egypte est continuellement agité par la révolte populaire. La transition politique du pays est chaotique et émaillée de violences. L'opposition aux Frères musulmans, installés au pouvoir après le départ du raïs, ne cesse de réclamer davantage de droits et de libertés. Ce vendredi, les requêtes sont devenues plus intransigeantes. En effet, des centaines d'Egyptiens ont manifesté au Caire leur soutien à un retour de l'armée au pouvoir. La manifestation a eu lieu dans l'est de la capitale à l'appel d'un collectif de militaires à la retraite et de groupes opposés au Frères musulmans, dont est issu le président Mohamed Morsi.

 Les opposants ont notamment scandé des slogans appelant l'armée à "ne pas les abandonner", tout en brandissant des portraits du ministre de la Défense, le général Abdel Fattah al-Sissi. D'autres criaient "l'armée doit revenir" (au pouvoir) ou "A bas le pouvoir du guide", en référence à Mohammed Badie, guide suprême des Frères musulmans. Des manifestations de soutien à l'armée ont également été organisées à Damiette, dans le nord du pays, selon le site internet du journal Al-Ahram. Il faut savoir que l'armée est un acteur capital dans le jeu politique en Egypte depuis 60 ans. 

La chute de Hosni Moubarak en février 2011 avait amené le Conseil suprême des forces armées (CSFA), dirigé par le maréchal Hussein Tantaoui, à prendre les rênes du pays jusqu'à l'investiture de Mohamed Morsi fin juin 2012. Restée plus au moins discrète depuis l'accession de ce dernier au pouvoir, elle s'était manifestée en décembre dernier pour appeler au dialogue et rappeler son rôle de garante de la stabilité du pays, lors d'une vive crise liée à l'adoption d'un projet de Constitution controversé. Après une vague de troubles fin janvier, l'armée avait mis en garde contre un "effondrement de l'Etat" appelant "toutes les forces politiques" à trouver une issue aux "problèmes politiques, économiques, sociaux et de sécurité" au pays.

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Mursi to police forces: Beware of rumours

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Egypt's police and army forces protect the nation within the borders and abroad, President Mohamed Mursi said on Friday.

The president warned against rumours and their implications on the political scene.

Mursi praised the soldiers and officers of the central security forces and commended their efforts.

"You are the wings of this nation to safeguard its security inside and abroad," Mursi said in a speech at the central security headquarters in Cairo's Darrasa.

Egypt is going through critical circumstances and we can all get through this stage, the president said during the speech which al-Jazeera Mubasher channel broadcast.

Several police stations and central security divisions had gone on strike in protest against what they called dragging them into conflicts between political powers in the country.

Police forces demanded sacking the minister of interior and allowing them the means to protect themselves while on duty.

 

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Salafist figure: We will take to streets if army intervenes against Morsi

Salafist figure: We will take to streets if army intervenes against Morsi | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it
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Leading Salafist political figure Hazem Salah Abu-Ismail criticised what he described as opposition calls for military intervention, saying it would be a "crime" and a coup against constitutionality.

Speaking to Al-Nahar satellite channel on Tuesday, Abu-Ismail threatened that he, along with his supporters, would take to the streets if the military intervened in the political situation. He went on to defend President Mohamed Morsi, saying that despite his opposition to many of the president's policies, as an elected president he should be given a chance.

Abu-Ismail went on to defend Morsi's controversial presidential decree from November last year, which made presidential decisions immune to legal appeal, now cancelled after mass demonstrations against the measure.

He argued the decree's purpose was to respond to opposition demands to change the prosecutor-general, denying the decree was the reason behind the current political crisis.

Abu-Ismail, a former presidential candidate and founding member of the Raya Party, further criticised those claiming that the state is being 'Brotherhoodized,' arguing that Muslim Brotherhood members were hired in leading governmental positions to combat corruption.

Opposition figures have frequently accused the presidency and the government of hiring Brotherhood members in many state institutions.

Members of the Salafist Nour Party, which Abu-Ismail said he disagreed with, have also often complained that the Brotherhood were taking over state institutions in a manner that would not allow for free and fair elections in upcoming polls.

The Salafist community has been witnessing disagreements since a faction split from the Nour Party, the largest Salafist party, to form the Watan Party in January.

Abu-Ismail's newly formed Raya Party had earlier issued a joint statement with the Watan Party saying that the parties were considering allying during elections.

 

(Al-Ahram, via Aswat Masroya)

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Sources say Armed Forces deployed to Port Said schools

Sources say Armed Forces deployed to Port Said schools | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Staff Brigadier General Ahmed Mohamed Wasfy, commander of the Second Field Army, ordered troops to secure Port Said schools, according to unnamed military sources Wednesday.

The sources told Al-Masry Al-Youm that the Armed Forces are keen to keep schools open, despite ongoing acts of civil disobedience and violent protests.They added that security forces are determined to prevent saboteurs and thugs from closing schools and harming students.Several troops have already been deployed, according to the sources.

Egyptian media are reporting that many students are too afraid to return to school due to deteriorating security conditions.Footage from Al Jazeera program Mubasher Misr showed few students had returned to class in one school as of Tuesday.

 

This text is from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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